/goʊ/v(present tensegoes, present participlegoing, past tensewent/went/, past participlegone/gɔn/, /gɑn/)(BECOME)
›to become or be in a certain condition: [L]Her father is going blind.[L]If anything goes wrong, you can call our emergency hotline.[L]Because of lack of evidence, the police were forced to let him go free.[I]If you keep applying ice, the swelling will go down (= become smaller).[I]The computer went down (= stopped operating) twice last week.[I]The electricity suddenly went off (= stopped operating).[I]One of these days I’ll have to go on a diet (= start to be on one).[I]I was so exhausted I went to sleep (= started sleeping) immediately.[I]It was feared for a while that the two countries would go to war (= start to fight a war) over this dispute.[I]It wasn’t a bad hospital, as hospitals go (= compared with the usual standard of hospitals), but I still hated being there.